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Coaches Corner: Round 18

After a string of home games, we were on the road again. Since taking over, we had lost two away games so we knew this would present another big challenge for us. The Brimbank Stallions were always going to be a tough affair. We arrived on a wet, blustery day - conditions were tough for both teams. We also knew that we had to back up both physically and tactically after our amazing win the week before. This was a true test of whether we can go away from home and bring the same level of determination and will to win. Coached by former Melbourne Knights great, Andrew Marth, Brimbank were above us and coming off a win against Whittlesea United and a very narrow loss at home to league leaders Preston. We knew they would be a physical side with real quality in the front third built around other experienced players. We also knew former Georgie, Yuji Kin signed there the week before and actually came on at half time against us. Into our squad came Rhys Saunders and out went Lachy Grech due to suspension. The game started well as we had a couple of very good chances to go ahead. The hosts were unlucky when they hit the post but were given what I thought was a soft penalty to be one up. Ryan Gauci pulled off a spectacular save but we neglected to follow up which saw the Stallions slot in the rebound. Not good enough from us. Minutes later, we were lucky to (finally!) receive a penalty which Andres calmly put away. In the second half the game opened up and saw our man George Slefandorfas grab a double and Dom Swinton was back on the score sheet again. Disappointing for us to concede late again when the Stallions pushed men forward - clean sheets are something we value and strive for. 4 - 2 win and good to get the three points away from home. This week we have our catch up game against Banyule City FC. They beat the Essendon Royals on the weekend which has them sitting above us on the table. We look forward to getting back home this week but the games get tougher. Wins are so hard to come by and we enjoy them when we can. We just want everyone close to this great club to be proud of our endeavour and will to win.

Eric Vassiliadis

Senior Coach

Caroline Springs George Cross FC

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